Saturday, 17 December 2011

LSD Magazine Interviews The Legend 'Goldie'

It’s impossible to walk into a room with Goldie and not instantly be slammed up against the walls by the sheer intensity radiating off him. Forget his media portrayals, forget what you think you know about him, he is a deeply complex, highly intelligent firestorm of taut volatility oscillating furiously between genius and lunacy, creativity and destruction, karmic peace and frenetic chaos - a seething mass of edgy contradictions where spectacularly vivid lucidity hurtles through the particle accelerator at Einstein bending speeds and shoots out into mercurial redemption. But one overriding, overwhelming light shines scorchingly through - he is 1000% - 24 carat - fucking proper. The realest deal...

So – to crack straight in then – how do you perceive the relationship between alchemy and creativity

Oh fuck – don’t start me off……. It took me a long time to work out that I was an alchemist – and not being funny but I was sweating my arse off in a Bikram (yoga) studio this morning thinking about the same question. It’s something that plays through my mind every single day. Alchemy stems from two core elements – the creative and the conscious – and consciousness is really the underlying foundation of that dualism. It can take a lifetime to work out who the fuck we are – with only the constant presence of the ego making us believe we might be something other than who or what we fundamentally are, but by pushing through those surface levels of ego driven consciousness, you start to seriously fuck with the dark arts – and that can be a dangerous game as well as a profoundly enlightening one. Now when I say the dark arts - I’m not talking about sitting round some poxy Ouija board – but dealing with transformations on shadowy, subconscious levels that you’re entering into almost blind – with intuition and the hidden aspects of yourself feeling their way through rather than the standard, self- control based, daily realities of the ego side of consciousness. And that can be dangerous, because you’re never quite sure where the fuck it will lead or what it will uncover. I’m an artist who didn’t know he was an artist for a massive chunk of my life - I fell into music almost accidentally and within the spheres of audio and visual, I’ve probably experienced everything that I’d ever want to experience, and then broadened those ranges into the physical…

How does that stand up as a metaphor for your life 

My life has always worked backwards. It’s like I’ve been walking backwards – and that’s not just a directional thing – it’s actually walking backwards – tripping up all over the gaff - making it difficult for myself both as an artist and as a person rather than just taking the simple, obvious route. Drugs – rock n roll – you name it – there’s always been gaping pitfalls created along the ride – by my own hand. But there’s a process in that…. If I’d just gone and done Madonna’s album or worked with Puffy or whatever – gone to LA and taken all those ‘obvious’ opportunities I was offered, I’d either have been found dead with a needle in my arm, done a Phil Spectre , running round with a 9mm trying to shoot someone or ended up on my hands and knees searching for gear in the back garden at 5 in the morning cos I’m off me tits. All of which was always a milimetre awaythat much is obvious. But then as he said – there’s a process in that – those darting liquid patterns of molten chrome that ebbed and flowed through every conceivable angle - where the alchemist’s hammer can only hope to impose form on chaos – not order – cos who the fuck wants anything quite so dull as order –no, definitely form. The balance that keeps unity synched if not structured.

 I had to have a certain amount of resistance – trust in a certain spirit that’s had to hold me back from riding extremes into apocalypse. I’ve had to be muted , and muting for me was about going out and getting completely out of my nut – and that was a very dangerous liason. If I look at all the Bikram I’ve been doing in the last 18 months, I know it sounds weird, but I feel like I’m now balancing into a natural drug with the yoga where that muting is organic and the insights are slower but infinitely more powerful. Makes total and utter sense – drugs of their different stripes- the outright sledgehammer hedonist rush to the psychedelic journey are modern culture’s short cut to elevated or numbed reality – invaluable bursts of experience intrinsically cursed by their own short termism – as if the effort they absolve you of making ultimately fucks you until you realize that those benefits are only sustainable naturally and with an awful lot of hard work put in. But back to the backwards rewind…..


Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Group Street Art Show Opens 1st December

Opening party - 1 December 2011 18:00-21:00

2 December 2011 – 13 January 2012

Showcasing limited editioned works from East London's finest, as well as artists from around the world. The exhibition will feature brand new works and prints, alongside beautiful hand-finished objects. Come and join us for a beer, sweet-tunes from our DJ
and the unveiling of a very special piece of work that mere words simply don't do justice. All unframed work will be available to take away on the night and throughout the show– great for Christmas presents!

Featured Artists:

Melody Rose
Nathan Bowen
Pure Evil

Opening hours Wed-Fri 11:00-18:00 Sat-Sun 11:00-15:00
(Gallery closed from 23 December 2011 - 7 January 2012)

Rinat Shingareev Oil on Canvas

Rinat Shingareev began an art career in Russia before moving on to Italy and other colorful locations. These works are painted in oil on canvas and pretty well executed. You can purchase his works directly from his 'erm facebook page...Go on my Boy...We published his work around a year ago...

Chock Does Eastpak Store Windows

CHOCK is a founding member of all female graffiti crew called Girls on Top. She's been doing graffiti for 14 years and by the looks of things doing rather well. We interviewed her in an early edition of LSD Magazine and the team really like her attitude to work. Good luck CHOCK, Girls on Top and Paint my Panda...

Chock has paintings, prints and graff pictures on show at the Eastpak Store until the 20th Jan 2012

Shuby & Disastronaut - Cake Power Show Opens 1st December

Thursday, 24 November 2011

LSD MAGAZINE - Issue 8 - Walls of Perception

Walls of Perception is flying atcha right here, right now. Occupying mind, body and soul, and blowing a pineal sized hole in creative consciousness with awe inspiring art and penetrating ideas alike, the relentless flood of dazzling visions into newly forged reality and inspirational imagination is bursting forth yet again. Absolutely not to be missed… GET IN

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Monday, 7 November 2011

Street Artist Stik Creates Art for Rock Stars at Q Awards

When we first met the street artist 'STIK' the shy but productive lad was sleeping rough and officially homeless.  Now our man is creating art for royalty, rock stars and charities.  Recently he was selected to present an exclusive piece of his art (Dancer) to music legends of the industry at the Q Awards...Our lad is even throwing up dodgy hand signs with Mystic Bono...

Religious Milk - 24th November


Alice in Conspiracy Land - Till 10th November

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Street Art Group Show - 3rd November

Pablito Zago and Goddog - Swimming Pool PT 1

KING POSEIDON / Episode 01 / Goddog & Pablito Zago from Pablito Zago & friends on Vimeo.

On sunday 11/10/03 Pablito Zago and Goddog realised a massive painting in an abandoned swimming pool in south of france (France / Isle sur Sorgue / near Avignon). We spent two days doing this "King Poseidon" piece, a shout out to the aquatic world, then what better place than a swimming pool ?


Iconic Irrigation - Solo Show by K-Guy 11/11/11

Just a quick reminder about K-Guy solo show at London West Bank Gallery which opens in less than two weeks from now on 11/11/11.

There will be a whole load of new stuff and a new print edition, 'Campbell's Condensed' which will be released on the night of the private view and then online the next day.

The Private View is on Thursday 10th November and if you'd like to come along for a beer and chat then it's free but you must RSVP to to confirm.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

LSD Magazine New QR Codes - Looking Good

LSD Magazine has had over 5 Million Unique Page Views in approx 20 months. This has been achieved using only online viral marketing techniques implemented by Wayne and team. LSD has never used any printed media or paid advertising which means sitting in front of computers 7 days a week! We deploy various methods of tracking exactly what we're doing as we really do need to know if a campaign is working because we only have two people running the entire campaign and for no money (bigger picture). 

We recently started using QR Codes and was more than happy when contacted by a newly launched company whom design QR Codes on Steroids. The next generation of QR coding is looking pretty exciting and may well bring our QR Code usage in line with the rest of Europe. Lets be honest as much as QR codes are essential they're not exactly pleasing to the eye. The team at QR-Reactor have the solution in hand. They can design your own uniquely branded fully track-able QR Codes so yours stands out from the rest. We're gonna be working with the lads so you will be seeing a lot more codes like the LSD Magazine one. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Elate on Censorship - LSD Magazine Issue 7

Censorship, simply put, is controlling the information and the ideas that are being circulated within a society. The truth about censorship is that it has truly been a hallmark for dictatorship all throughout history. Censorship is achieved in many ways, including through examining plays, books, television, films, news reports, radio programs and all other forms of communication in order to alter or otherwise suppress any ideas that were determined to be offensive or objectionable.

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
~Claude-Adrien Helvétius

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real. ~Charles Bukowski

I've been the victim of a campaign of vicious harassment and intimidation to stop me from opening an independent gallery in Brick Lane, East London showing visionary fine painting by oldskool London train writers as well as straight-up graff and visionary art.
I had a notice pinned to my wall saying 'Art gallery not needed' then a car was driven at me at top speed outside our intended gallery one night. It nearly ran me over...that's when I knew it was serious. In this age of corruption and decadence, outsider and street art is clung on to as one of the last vestiges of purity, it is vital that it remains peoples free will to paint, show and enjoy which art they so choose, and not be subject to censorship.
~Elate LSD Issue 6
Never has tyranny and censorship been such a burden to art than when shouldered beneath the clear blue skies and fluttering false flags of anarcho-meritocracy and liberty.
~Elate LSD Issue 7 May 2011

If a company's reason-to-be is to make and increase profits, ideals such as freedom of expression and the free sharing of ideas, are by nature, a conflict with the aim of the business entity. Some ideas and some forms of expression will eventually conflict with the character, desires, and motives of the company. With the power to dictate the flow of information to some extent, why wouldn't a business direct that content to suit its own needs?
How does one know what information is missing, if it is missing? How does one know what art they are not being exposed to, if they are not exposed to it?
..the solution is as simple as cultivating awareness. Seek knowledge, discover art, listen to alternative voices. There is the freedom to choose an independent source, rather than the source that is overshadowed by corporate interests.

In our modern capitalist society, there may be many interests trying to cultivate public awareness as a means to financial gain, but accessing a wealth of art, inspiration, and information is possible.
~What is Corporate Censorship?
Defining Censorship in Modern Society

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. 

All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of all censorships. There is the whole case against censorships in a nutshell. -
~George Bernard Shaw

We get on the bandwagon in all sorts of ways - you know minor ways and major ways ....which isn't censorship exactly, it was something sort of uglier in a way.
~Kathy Acker

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability.
~David Mamet

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.
~David Ben-Gurion

In the long run of history, the censor and inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
~Anthony Witney Griswald

Read the full article here